Pretoria, 11 February 2023 (TDI): The United Nations (UN) in South Africa is working to galvanize support around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) & collaborate to be impactful in meeting the challenges facing millions of people in South Africa.

Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet both now and in the future, were adopted by world leaders in 2015.

The SDGs call for a global alliance to combat climate change, end poverty, advance health, and education and lessen inequality.

On December 2, 2019, at ISIbalo House in Pretoria, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) launched a new online data portal to enable tracking of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Stats SA, the nation’s official statistics provider, is constantly looking for novel and creative ways to make data available to stakeholders, the government, and the general public.

At the Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, South Africa and 192 other nations ratified the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 193 United Nations members have adopted a new agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, dubbed “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Using official and other statistics, South Africa produced an SDG Baseline Report in 2017 and a Country Report in 2019, both of which include all indicators that are currently available.

The data in these reports is presented visually on the Goal Tracker platform. Additionally, the German Agency for Development and Corporation (GIZ) and the SDG Hub at the University of Pretoria are partners with the South African Presidency.

The South African SDG Policy Support Initiative is housed by its SDG Hub. The SDG Policy Support Initiative serves as a coordination tool to connect academic experts with the South African Presidency to support evidence-based policymaking.